Michael Jordan 2.0: Watch Miami Heat’s Jimmy Butler Recreates MJ’s Iconic Dunk Look

Published 03/15/2021, 4:43 PM EDT
Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls during the 1997 McDonald’s Championship. (Photo by Dimitri Iundt/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)


Miami Heat superstar, Jimmy Butler is one of the most polarizing figures in the NBA today. While some fans adore him for his Michael Jordan like competitiveness, some guys end up hating on the 32-year-old for being too intense on the court.

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Years after bouncing around the league, Butler has found his ideal team in the Heat. With a young core of players and a dynamic talisman like Jimmy Butler, the Miami Heat are one of the most feared teams in the NBA.

After a slow start to the season, the Heat have improved massively over the last 10 games. They have won nine of their last ten 10 games and are the fourth seed in the Conference. Much of it has been because of the return of Butler to full fitness, who has led the team in points and rebounds.

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Jimmy Butler re-creates iconic Michael Jordan dunk against Orlando Magic

The Heat continued their splendid run of form with a routine 102-97 victory against the Orlando Magic. While the game did not have many standout events, one moment certainly stood out.

With five minutes left on the clock, the Magic were stripped off of the possession by Tyler Herro. The sophomore immediately passed it to Butler, who re-created Michael Jordan’s iconic dunk with his tongue out.

This was a staple for Jordan, who has had multiple dunks in a similar fashion during his NBA career. The most notable instance of MJ having a similar dunk was in the 1998 Eastern Conference finals when MJ stripped the Pacers off the ball and slammed it home.

Butler might not be near MJ‘s quality yet, but there is one factor which everyone agrees upon, and that is the 32-year-old’s desire to succeed. If he could lead a mediocre Heat team all the way to the finals, it is scary to imagine what this team can do with some quality additions.

Can the Heat reclaim their top spot in the Eastern Conference?

The Eastern Conference might still be a bit weaker in comparison to the Western Conference, but there is no doubting the abundance of top teams like the Bucks, Nets, and the 76ers.

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This off-season, all three teams got significantly better as they addressed their problem areas. But the Heat were nonexistent in the market. This has cost the side dearly this regular season.

Feb 26, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) drives to the basket past Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley (10) and guard Donovan Mitchell (45) in the second quarter at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

With teams keeping shooters like Duncan Robinson and Tyler Herro at bay, the Heat are overly reliant on Butler this season. But all of it can change if the Heat zero in on a trade to bring another superstar.

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As it is, the Heat can be a challenging team for any opposing team. Will they be willing to add another superstar to their lineup? If they do, they might very well trump the likes of Bucks and 76ers and become the top team in the East.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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